ALASKA Milk pounced on an all-Filipino Talk ‘N Text side to cruise to a 103-91 victory in the PBA Governors’ Cup on Monday night at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
The Aces heralded the arrival of new coach Alex Compton with a rousing victory against the Tropang Texters, who sorely missed the services of import Othyus Jeffers after encountering a contract glitch with his recent NBA team.
“It’s (contract problem) a tough situation to be in and it was obviously a clear advantage for us,” said Compton, who took over from Luigi Trillo after the latter’s surprise resignation on Sunday.
Import Bill Walker sustained his fine, all-around play with 27 points, 10 assists, and seven boards, to lead the Aces, who notched a second victory in three games to gain a share of second spot with San Miguel Beer.
The Texters dropped their first game for an even 1-1 win-loss card.
The Aces hardly encountered any resistance from the Texters in the last three quarters as Walker frolicked on the court without a counterpart.
Alaska’s locals, too, made their presence felt.
JVee Casio and Cyrus Baguio silenced every Texters' run with a long-range bomb, while Sonny Thoss and Gabby Espinas imposed their will in the paint.
Ranidel de Ocampo played like TnT’s import as he pumped in 27 points, including 13 in the first quarter, where the Texters stood toe to toe with the Aces and even ended up with a five-point cushion.
But Talk N Text began to trail in the second period onwards, and came no closer than eight points in the final frame.
ALASKA (103) -- Walker 27, Casio 21, Thoss 14, Baguio 14, Espinas 10, Manuel 7, Hontiveros 6, Abueva 4, Dela Cruz 0, Jazul 0, Eman 0
TALK N' TEXT (91) -- De Ocampo 27, Castro 23, Williams 13, Fonacier 7, Ryan Reyes 6, Alapag 6, Seigle 5, Baclao 2, Carey 2, Rob Reyes 0, Aban 0, Espiritu 0.
Quarterscores: 26-31; 54-49; 77-68; 103-91.